| Frozen on Their Tracks!
Frozen on Their Tracks! (Japanese: デンリュウ列車！ハンサム登場！！ Denryu Train! Enter Handsome!!) is the 130th episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 596th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on June 4, 2009 and in the United States on October 31, 2009.
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Ash, Dawn, and Brock are on a train, headed for Ash’s big battle at Lake Acuity. They startle another passenger, Looker, a nervous but kind-hearted man who tells them about the Electric-type Pokémon working on the train. Naturally, our heroes are curious to see this for themselves, so they join Looker to visit the engineer and the train’s Ampharos. When the train is halted by an unexplained red signal up ahead, the conductor investigates and Looker gets off to take a walk. Looker actually suspects someone set the red signal to delay the train while they secretly used the railroad track, but who?
Ash and his friends hop off the train to enjoy a picnic lunch with their Pokémon. But Team Rocket was also on the train, and they drop by in their Meowth balloon to steal all the Pokémon. The engineer orders Ampharos to stop them, so Team Rocket settles for stealing Pikachu, Happiny, and Piplup—except Ampharos comes along for the ride and crashes their balloon! As Ampharos and the three Pokémon escape into the forest and begin their long, dangerous walk back, Looker slips away from the conductor and turns to be quite the super-sleuth. He has a good idea of who stopped the train, and he’s looking for clues!
Ash’s Staraptor spots the lost Pokémon, and our heroes hurry to catch up. Pikachu, Piplup, Happiny, and Ampharos stumble into a Team Rocket pit trap and are scooped up by Jessie and James, but rescue arrives just in time. Staraptor swoops in to free them as Brock’s Sudowoodo uses its new Hammer Arm move to knock Team Rocket for a loop. Then Pikachu blasts Team Rocket into the skies and everyone returns to the train, which is now ready to resume operation. Ash and his friends think everything is back to normal, but they don’t know that Looker has identified who stopped the train in the first place: the evil Team Galactic!
Having left Snowpoint City behind, Ash and his friends are now aboard a train leading to Lake Acuity, where Ash is due to have his full battle against Paul. Ash is naturally determined to win when he and the others meet an absent-minded man called Looker who is also on the train, and is almost knocked over when Ash shouted his determination. He drops the lunchboxes he is carrying which Brock, Ash and Dawn are all able to catch. Ash apologizes and asks Looker if he's ok, to which the muddle-minded gentleman replies in the positive. Brock asks him if the boxed lunch was the train station's best food, and Looker gives Ash, Dawn and Brock one as a gift as he had accidentally ordered too many from the seller. The gang introduced themselves to Looker, and Looker introduced himself. Team Rocket, in disguise, also receive the box lunch from Looker. But Looker still had lots of food, so he decided to give it to the driver, his assistant and the driver's Pokémon. Brock told Ash that the Pokémon should be an Electric-type Pokémon.
As the train traveled on to Lake Acuity, the driver tells his Pokémon, an Ampharos, to use Thunderbolt. The driver's assistant tells the gang that the train is powered by Ampharos's electric attacks, leaving the group impressed by the cooperation between Ampharos and the driver. Looker gives the box lunch to the train crew when suddenly the driver stops the train as the signal ahead is set at red for danger.
The driver decides to check what's happening, however when he makes a call he is informed there is nothing wrong with the line ahead despite the signal that says otherwise. As there may be a problem with the line that hasn't been relayed to the operators the assistant and Looker decide to go outside and check while the driver goes to inform the passengers of the situation. Meanwhile the gang decide this is the perfect time to eat their lunches, and as the train is delayed they decide to eat it outside and let their Pokémon out of their Poké Balls for a while. Team Rocket decide to take advantage of the opportunity and make an attempt to steal all the Pokémon. As they were about to leave their seats, the driver told them not to worry while they can watch the scenery. In a bad mood, Jessie almost tells the driver about their intentions however luckily Meowth covers her big mouth in time.
Outside, Looker discovers that the track that supposedly hasn't been used for a long time doesn't have one speck of dust on it, implying it's getting used on a regular basis despite being closed down. The assistant replies that it could be a prank, however the junction points on to the 'disused' line have also been changed. Looker realizes that the points were changed intentionally, and the assistant tells Looker to go back to the train while he would go and investigate the junction. However, rather than head back to the train, Looker heads down the mysterious line.
Ash decides it's the perfect time for him and his Pokémon to get some quick training done before the battle against Paul. Then suddenly a strong wind appears... however it's not a wind but Team Rocket with a new suction machine attached to their balloon that sucks up everyone's Pokémon (besides Grotle and Mamoswine). The gang demand their Pokémon back, but naturally Jessie refuses. Team Rocket prepare to make their getaway when the driver notices what is happening and has Ampharos use Signal Beam on the balloon. This allows most of the Pokémon to escape but Pikachu, Piplup and Happiny get caught in a net. Ampharos jumps up to the net while the driver commands Ampharos to destroy the remote control. However it doesn't work and all Ampharos manages to do is burst a hole in the balloon sending it flying away, together with Team Rocket and the four Pokémon.
At the end of the disused line, Looker finds a warehouse and heads inside. Meanwhile Ampharos is able to use ThunderPunch on the net, freeing the three Pokémon while Team Rocket and the balloon fall to the ground knocking them out. Ash has Staraptor look for the missing Pokémon while Pikachu and the rest came to a junction. Piplup naturally takes the lead and walks the front road with Happiny, but they quickly come running back chased by an angry flock of Fearow. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt and Ampharos uses Signal Beam, however the Fearow are able to dodge it, sending Pikachu and Ampharos on the run as well. Soon all four come to a cliff and have no choice but to jump down, luckily this is enough to lose the Fearow. Meanwhile the assistant receives a call from the driver, learning that the Pokémon had been stolen by Team Rocket.
Continuing the search for their Trainers, the Pokémon find a big boulder blocking the way. Pikachu and Ampharos are unable move to it, making Piplup laugh at them... however Piplup is quick to stop laughing when his BubbleBeam and Whirlpool still can't make it budge. Naturally it comes down to Happiny and her strength to move it. After grabbing the boulder, the Playhouse Pokémon tosses it up to the sky and then throws it in the river.
Inside the mysterious warehouse, Looker finds that the disused track leads directly to Lake Acuity. Taking out his detective's goggles, he finds footprints on the floor and a piece of paper.
Pikachu and the others continue their journey, however Team Rocket are down but not out as the Pokémon fell into another of their traps and end up all caught in a bag. Luckily, Ash and the others are nearby and Ash had Staraptor free the Pokémon with Aerial Ace. Team Rocket then decide to battle the Trainers to try to reclaim the Pokémon, sending out Carnivine (which shows James how much it loves him by causing him pain as usual) and Seviper. Things look like they're going badly, however Sudowoodo manages to save the day when it uses a new attack, Hammer Arm. Then Pikachu finishes with Volt Tackle, ending Team Rocket's train ride and sending them blasting off.
At sunset, the assistant, Looker and the gang return to the train ready to get moving again. Looker explains his long absence, telling everyone he took the time to look at the scenery. With the signal and junction set correctly and Ampharos ready to get things moving again, the train can finally finish its trip to Lake Acuity. Looker wishes Ash good luck for his battle against Paul, and Ash thanks him excitedly preparing for the battle against his rival.
Later, at the back of the train's carriage, Looker calls his superiors. He explains that the organization that stopped the train are moving something to Lake Acuity and he will continue his investigation. He then takes out and looks at the piece of paper that he found in the warehouse which carries the logo of the group that stopped the train and is planning something at Lake Acuity... Team Galactic!
- Ash, Dawn, and Brock are revealed to have gone back to wearing their original outfits.
- Ash and his friends meet Looker.
- Brock's Sudowoodo learns Hammer Arm.
- Looker is revealed to be investigating Team Galactic.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Meowth (Team Rocket)
- Piplup (Dawn's)
- Wobbuffet (Jessie's)
- Mime Jr. (James's)
- Staraptor (Ash's)
- Grotle (Ash's)
- Chimchar (Ash's)
- Buizel (Ash's)
- Gliscor (Ash's)
- Buneary (Dawn's)
- Pachirisu (Dawn's)
- Mamoswine (Dawn's)
- Sudowoodo (Brock's)
- Croagunk (Brock's)
- Happiny (Brock's)
- Seviper (Jessie's)
- Carnivine (James's)
- Ampharos (Ampharos Train crew's)
- Fearow (×5)
- Professor Oak's Big Pokémon Examination takes a ten episode hiatus beginning with this episode.
- Jessie's Yanmega was the only one of the main characters' Pokémon not to appear in this episode.
- Darkrai returns, replacing Regigigas in the first part of the preview of the next episode.
- Ash and Brock no longer wear their jackets as of this episode, and Dawn has returned to her normal clothes.
- The dub title comes from the saying "Frozen in their tracks".
- Music from Pokémon Heroes is used as background music.
- During the picnic scene in the English dub, Croagunk's Japanese voice can be heard.
- When Looker gives the packed lunches to the conductor, Ash's hair and fringe are missing.
- On Pokemon.com, the episode's title is "Frozen on the tracks", instead of "Frozen on their tracks".
In other languages
|Czech||Velká vlaková loupež|
|Dutch||Dood Spoor, of Niet?|
|German||Eine Zugfahrt die ist lustig...!|
|Italian||Trappola sulla Ferrovia!|
|Korean||전룡! 피카츄를 구하라!|
|Polish||Zaskakująca kolej wydarzeń|
|Portugal||Parados na Linha!|
|Romanian||Roșu la Semafor|
|Spanish||Latin America||Congelado en sus pasos|
|Spain||¡Detenidos en Seco!|
|This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|